Reading Roundup: The Country Husband and The Ledge

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The Great Books Discussion Group has had some thought-provoking and insightful discussions. If you enjoy great reads and like to share your ideas with other avid readers, this group may be for you. New members always welcome!

The Country Husband” by John Cheever

In a series of events that begins with the crash landing of a passenger jet on which he is riding, Mr. Weed’s mind and body begin to emerge from an atrophied state.  His memory is jolted and begins to rejuvenate.  As his memory returns, so does his desire.  Such memory and desire seem to have no place in his suburban world and Mr. Weed comes to feel that he is both in danger and dangerous.  The group discussed Mr. Weed’s trajectory toward becoming too large for his world and toward his discovery that the world he thought he knew has greater depth than he had given it credit for. old_books

 “The Ledge” by Lawrence Sargent Hall  

This story of a duck hunting trip on a cold Christmas day did not disappoint, as we had some interesting discussion.  Two teenage boys with new rifles are excited to be going on the hunt.  Their guide, “the fisherman,” father and uncle to the boys, is an accomplished hunter who knows the waters well.  A relationship between the man and the boys emerges that is complicated and deeper than it appears.  You’ll find yourself understanding and at the same time wondering what the author means when he says that the boy “did for the fisherman the greatest thing that can be done.”

Upcoming selection

July 6 at 7 p.m.- Looking for Mr. Green by Saul Bellow

The Great Books Discussion Group meets the first Monday of each month (unless Monday is a holiday) at 7 p.m. at the Warrenton central library.

Jeanne, Warrenton Great Books leader

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